Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Forgetting to do something is the most common irrational fear of office workers

Last month the Mozy Corporation released a report on Irrational Fears and the Cloud which included a survey of 1250 office workers done in May 2013 by Vanson Bourne. There were 300 in the US, 250 each in France, Germany, and the UK, and 100 each in Ireland and the Netherlands. They apparently were asked:

What irrational fears do you have that make you worry at work even though you have no just cause to be concerned?

Results are shown above in a bar chart. (click on it to see a larger version). 30% feared having forgotten to do something, and 25% feared sending a sensitive email to the wrong person. 23% were always thinking they were going to get fired, 21% feared that innocent internet searches would return an inappropriate link, and 19% feared being found out for being no good at their job.

Only 15% feared presenting in meetings, which is a business form of public speaking. This was the eighth most common fear, in contrast with usual claims that public speaking is the greatest fear.

The melancholy woman was adapted from this old image

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